LOS ANGELES • American actor Harrison Ford could also be pushing 80, however he’s not too outdated to don the wide-brimmed fedora of adventurer Indiana Jones for one last movie.
Disney’s announcement of a fifth and final Indy flick in 2022 – which has been in growth for years – despatched followers right into a celebratory frenzy on social media final Friday.
“We’re in pre-production on the following and last instalment of Indiana Jones,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy stated final Thursday in Disney’s mammoth investor-day presentation.
“In fact, Indy himself, Harrison Ford, might be again to conclude this iconic character’s journey. Indy will start taking pictures late spring of 2021 and might be launched in July of 2022.”
On the helm might be James Mangold, 56, director of racing flick Ford V Ferrari (2019) and Logan (2017), the ultimate chapter within the long-running sequence of Wolverine flicks starring Australian actor Hugh Jackman.
Steven Spielberg, who directed the primary 4 Indy flicks, had initially been set to direct the ultimate chapter within the Indiana Jones saga, however has as an alternative handed the reins to Mangold.
Spielberg, 73, will stay concerned as a producer.
Ford, now 78, first created the function of Indiana Jones in Raiders Of The Misplaced Ark (1981), 4 years after reaching international fame as Han Solo within the unique Star Wars movie (1977).
Three years later, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984) adopted. In 1989, Indiana Jones And The Final Campaign hit theatres, with late Scottish actor Sean Connery enjoying Indy’s father.
Practically 20 years handed earlier than Ford starred within the fourth movie, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Cranium (2008), which had box-office success, however was critically panned.
Disney first introduced plans for a fifth movie in 2016, with a launch date final yr, however the challenge was delayed over artistic variations between Spielberg, screenwriters and producers.
Then the coronavirus pandemic upended Hollywood’s manufacturing schedule.